Elizabeth Smart Opens Up About Painful Memories Of Being Kidnapped: ‘It Is Hard To Go Back’

Elizabeth Smart revealed some of the triggers that bring her back to her kidnapping ordeal on “Access Hollywood.” She appeared on the show on Monday to promote two upcoming television projects that focus on the events: the movie “I Am Elizabeth Smart,” which premieres Nov. 19 at 8/7c on Lifetime, and the second half of a  two-part documentary special called “Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography”, which airs Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. on AE.

In 2002, Smart was kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom by Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee. They kept her captive for nine months and was repeatedly raped and assaulted before she was saved, People reports.

“I have been so blessed,” Smart, now 30, said during Monday’s appearance. “I have been so lucky. I have not struggled with PTSD. I mean there are moments where I’ll see something or maybe I’ll smell something and it’ll take me back.”

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